The activities and services listed below are all included in the holiday price
- Flights: return flights from London Heathrow to Kittilä (via Helsinki). Routings are subject to change
- Transfers: return airport transfers
- Accommodation: 1 night Aurora Dome glamping, 3 nights’ accommodation in hotel rooms (winter cottage upgrades subject to availability)
- Meals: 4 breakfasts, 3 lunches, 4 dinners
- The following activities and equipment are included: Reindeer farm and sleigh ride, Northern Lights workshop, snowmobile safari, visit to the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa, Aurora snowshoeing, husky safari, local cookery lesson, entry to the Winter Village (the order of activities is subject to change)
- Cold weather clothing for the duration of your stay
- Services of our expert local guide and representative
Avoid an anticlimactic New Year’s Eve by travelling to Torassieppi, high above the Arctic Circle, in Finnish Lapland where you can start the year in an unforgettable way.
In the heart of the Aurora Zone, this location offers vast skies in which to view the Northern Lights, as well as a host of unforgettable experiences.
You will start your holiday in brilliant fashion when you spend a night glamping in an Aurora Dome. Imagine being able to look out on the Arctic firmament from the comfort of your bed. A special way to spend your first night in Finland. During the rest of your holiday, you’ll stay in either cosy hotel rooms or wonderful winter cottages for three nights.
Couple this wonderful combination of accommodation, with the inclusion of a Northern Lights workshop and the chance to hunt for the Aurora on foot, using snowshoes to aid your passage through the snow, and you have an unforgettable holiday.
Of course, we haven’t neglected your daytime agenda either, and you will come home with a wealth of incredible memories. Adventures include the chance to learn about Sámi culture at a reindeer farm where you will also enjoy a sleigh ride, a snowmobile safari through the wilds, a thrilling dog sled trip and a local cookery course. All taking place in the spectacular landscape which surrounds Torassieppi.
Image credits: Antti Pietikainen, Harriniva Hotels & Safaris,Emmi KäHköNen
On arrival at Kittila Airport, you will be greeted and transferred to Torassieppi, your base for the next 4 nights.
After a welcome dinner in the main restaurant, you will check into your Aurora Domes for the night. This is glamping at its finest, and hopefully, the Northern Lights may be there to welcome you to Finland.
Please note that your dome night is intended for your first night but this, as with any element of the itinerary, is subject to change.Included Meals: Dinner
Aurora workshop, reindeer farm and sleigh ride, New Year celebrations
Today kicks off with an all-important Aurora workshop, during which your expert guide will present the science behind the Northern Lights. They will also share their own experience and some of the local myths and legends which surround nature’s light show.
Today’s lunch will be served in a traditional wooden kota (tepee) around a campfire. You will then be introduced to the reindeer for which Torassieppi is famed. The herder will provide an insight into the lives of these animals and their importance to the local culture and economy.
Next on the agenda is a reindeer-pulled sleigh ride, which covers around 3km through the beautiful winter scenery.
Following the safari, you will have the chance to explore the on-sight museum and house, which provide a real step back in time and a glimpse of what life was like before roads and motorised vehicles came to the North.
This afternoon, you will check into your cosy hotel room or winter cottage for your remaining three nights. Dinner will be served in the main building and guests can all gather for New Year’s Eve celebrations, which normally centre around the nearby ice bar, and a fireworks display down on the frozen lake. The Northern Lights may even make an appearance if conditions are favourable.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Snowmobile safari, Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa and Aurora snowshoe
After a hearty breakfast to clear away any cobwebs, it is time for you to start the new year in spectacular fashion, with a thrilling snowmobile safari. After a full demonstration and safety briefing from your guide, you will head out onto the trails, travelling two per snowmobile, and covering around 30km. This is an ideal way in which to get a greater sense of the scale of the wilderness. Please note that you must be over 18 to drive a snowmobile and should hold a full driving licence. There will be the opportunity to swap drivers during the trip.
Lunch will be served in the main restaurant back at Torassieppi, following which you will lower the pace and head to nearby Jeris for some relaxation. You’ll enjoy the Arctic Elements Lakeside Spa which sits on the edge of Lake Jeris and provides wonderful views. It consists of a collection of four saunas, each inspired by the four elements; earth, water, fire and air and named after Finnish gods and goddesses. The facilities include a traditional smoke sauna and plenty of areas for relaxation in this stunning lakeside setting. To complete your experience, you may want to take a dip in the ice pool in the lake (healthy adults only!) as that is sure to leave you feeling refreshed and ready for the next 12 months.
Back at Torassieppi, dinner will be served in the main restaurant before you head out with your guide on snowshoes. The aim of this evening is to remove you from any light pollution and head to a prime Aurora viewpoint. You need the snowshoes to ease your path through the deep snow, and they allow you access to areas which otherwise can prove inaccessible at this time of year. With a little luck, the Northern Lights will hopefully begin their dance above your head.
Husky safari and local cookery lesson
After breakfast, it is time for what is always a real holiday highlight, as you head to meet the howling huskies. You can always hear the dogs long before you can see them, as they make their excitement for the trail incredibly obvious. You will be given full instruction on how to handle a sled, before being allocated a team of eager dogs and setting off on the trail, travelling two people per sled. You will cover around 15km during the adventure and the feeling of travelling purely under paw power is quite unforgettable.
Lunch will be served in the main restaurant as normal for you, and you will have some free time to relax in the afternoon.
In the early evening, you will join your guide for a special meal, as they provide a demonstration of how to cook some local dishes in a traditional kota. You will dine on the menu you have prepared together tonight.
After dinner make sure you keep an eye on the sky for your final chance at seeing the Northern Lights.Included Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
All good things must sadly come to an end, and this morning you will have one last breakfast in Lapland, before returning to the airport for your flights home.Included Meals: Breakfast
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To secure your holiday for next season, you can make a pre-reservation by paying a deposit of only £50pp. The provisional prices, departure dates, and itinerary remain subject to change. We will contact you when final details are confirmed, and you will have 14 days to decide if you would like to go ahead. Should you wish to proceed then a further deposit (typically of £350pp) will be payable at this stage. If you decide not to travel, we will refund your initial £50pp payment. Our Travel Experts will happily provide you with full terms and a complete quotation.
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Holiday group size (approximate)
This holiday requires a minimum of 2 people to run, however, we require a minimum of 8 people for our flight allocation. Maximum 24 people (approximately). Please speak to our Travel Experts for further information.
We always try to provide an approximation of the group size you can expect to be with for the duration of each of our holidays. It may be that you are joined by others for parts of your holiday (such as transfers and particular activities) but the above number reflects those you can normally expect to be with from beginning to end. If group size is something which is particularly important to you, please speak to our Travel Experts and they can suggest the best holidays for you.
Tailor-made holiday group sizes will vary for all activities as will the group size for any additional activities you book.
MINIMUM NUMBERS REQUIRED FOR A HOLIDAY TO OPERATE
Some of our holidays require a minimum number of participants to operate (as listed in the ‘Group Size’ section). If your holiday departure has not yet reached the minimum number, you will be told at the time of booking. In the unlikely event that your chosen date is not guaranteed by nine weeks before your scheduled departure date, we will contact you to discuss the available options as per our booking conditions.
The order of activities is always subject to change and guests will be provided with their final itinerary upon arrival.
Please note that some of our holidays may incur a single supplement. Please speak to one of our Travel Experts who will provide you with a quotation.
MEDICAL HISTORY AND ADVICE
We want our holidays to be accessible as they can be and will do our best to accommodate any special requests and requirements where possible. We have a wide range of holidays and destinations and so our travel experts will help find the best holiday for you.
In order to give us the best possible chance to do this, we ask that if you or any member of your party has any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday or has any special requirements, that you tell us at the time of enquiry or booking. You must also promptly advise us if any medical condition or disability which may affect your holiday develops after your booking has been confirmed. You may need to provide a doctor’s note and proof of insurance in some cases as the health and safety of our clients is absolutely paramount.
In providing this information you are allowing us to work with our expert local partners to ensure that your whole party can enjoy the holiday. By letting us know in advance we can discreetly work with you to adapt any part of the holiday which may potentially be challenging. Being able to prepare for this in advance makes an incredible difference to what we can offer and minimises any impact on your party and the rest of the group.
Unfortunately, if you choose not to share this information with us in advance then it may limit some or all of the itinerary you have booked, and we cannot be held accountable for any additional costs or missed activities resulting from this.
Insurance is not included in your holiday, but it is a pre-requisite to travelling with us. You will need to ensure that you have cover for all the activities that you will be participating in during your holiday.
It is extremely important that you take out a suitable travel insurance policy at the time of booking. Plans do sometimes change, and you will need this policy should you need to cancel your holiday.
If you are struggling to find a suitable policy then details of our preferred provider, who will cover you for all the activities we offer, can be found on our website by clicking here. Please note that this policy is available to EU residents under the age of 75 only.
If you have a reduced level of mobility, then please contact our travel experts to discuss the suitability of this holiday in relation to your requirements.
EXPERIENCE AND FITNESS
We offer a vast choice of holidays which range from 'relaxed' to 'active' so there really is something for everyone and our holidays can be filtered by how active they are. Regardless of the chosen holiday, all activities will include tuition from a beginner's level and no prior experience is assumed.
If you are unsure about the physical demands of a particular holiday please contact us and our expert team will be happy to help.
See our booking conditions for further information.
GUIDES AND SAFETY
It is absolutely essential when partaking in any activity that you listen very closely to, and abide by, the instructions provided.
If there is anything that you are unsure of during a safety briefing or that you would like to clarify with the guides please make this clear to them immediately before starting the activity.
Our guides' word on activities is always final and your safety is their principal concern at all times, please respect their decisions. By following their instructions, your safety and enjoyment during each activity will be greatly enhanced.
See our booking conditions for further information.
BOOKING ACTIVITIES LOCALLY
Additional activities can be booked locally in almost all our destinations. However, as per our booking conditions, we cannot be held responsible for any injury or loss incurred through participation in activities which are booked at your destination outside of our holiday itinerary (see our ‘Terms and Conditions’ for further details).
When arranging any such activity please always ensure that safety is your primary concern. In some of our destinations, you can borrow or hire equipment for use in your free time.
You do so entirely at your own risk. You must ensure that you are properly prepared, have the necessary equipment and knowledge (maps, etc) and ensure that where applicable, you follow marked routes. We recommend discussing your plans with the local teams who will be able to advise on the most suitable options for you.
Always let the reception/guide know where you are planning to go and take a torch and mobile phone (with the hotel/guide’s phone number stored). It is also a good idea to leave your contact number and the time you expect to return to the hotel should the hotel need to contact you.
If your trip includes car hire the named driver must have a credit card registered in their name which they can present when they collect their car along with their driving licence, as a deposit will be held on the credit card. Please see your trip dossier for full details.
Our clients’ safety is at the centre of everything we do, and our operations team continually assesses and monitors the destinations we feature. We carry out thorough risk assessments and work closely with all of our suppliers to continually follow best practice. For up to date travel advice the UK government offers its Travel Aware website as well as the advice detailed below.
FLIGHT SCHEDULE CHANGES AND CONNECTING TRANSPORTATION
On your documentation, we will confirm your flight schedule. Sometimes the flight number, routing and timings might change prior to your departure. If the change is classed as a significant change then we will contact you to discuss this. Please see our booking conditions for details.
Flight schedule changes can impact on your pre and post-holiday travel arrangements if these have been booked separately to your holiday. We strongly recommend that you do not book transport (such as trains or transfers), car parking or non-connecting flights to the departure point for your holiday until you have received your final confirmed travel times when your final travel documents are issued. We are not responsible for the effect of any schedule change on your pre or post travel arrangements. We strongly recommend that you do not purchase non-flexible or non-refundable tickets to avoid cancellation and penalty charges.
BOOKING YOUR OWN FLIGHTS - CANCELLATION DISCLAIMER
If you have chosen to book your own flights, then you will need to wait until we confirm to you that the holiday departure has met the minimum numbers required to run (if applicable to your chosen holiday). Once the holiday is guaranteed to run, you will be informed and you can then make your arrangements.
If transfers are included in your holiday, please ensure that any potential flights will be met by our standard transfers (speak to one of our Travel Experts for advice) otherwise private transfer supplements may be applicable. Once your flights are booked, please send us a copy of your detailed flight itinerary.
Please be aware that most tickets are non-refundable in the case of cancellation. For this reason, we strongly advise you check the rules of the ticket and check the limitations of your cancellation insurance before booking. We cannot be held liable, in the unlikely eventuality that we should be forced to cancel or amend your trip, for losses incurred relating to any flight booking you have made.
THE FOREIGN AND COMMONWEALTH OFFICE ADVICE
We receive all updates from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) with regards to travel advice and we always ensure that we follow this advice in our operations. The FCO issues travel advisories for countries based on a very wide range of factors. They may provide notification about things as simple as a football match and crowds, or they may go so far as to advise against all travel to a region. We ask all our clients to refer to the relevant Travel Advice by Country for the destinations they are visiting in order to make an informed decision on the safety of the destination based on the details provided. It also provides vital information regarding entry requirements, embassy information, local laws and customs as well as specific safety and health. Guests should take responsibility for keeping themselves up to date with this advice. Please also ensure that, if you are transiting through another country, you have read the advice and meet the entry requirements for that destination too.
The FCO travel advice is applicable to British Passport Holders. Most governments will issue their own travel advice for a region and, if you are not a UK resident then you can find some helpful links below:
Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.smartraveller.gov.au/
New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade http://www.safetravel.govt.nz/
Canadian Consular Affairs Bureau http://voyage.gc.ca/
The U.S. Bureau of Consular Affairs http://travel.state.gov/content/travel/english.html
If the FCO deems that there is an unacceptable level of risk for UK citizens then, together with the government, they may issue an advisory against all travel to a region or country. If such an advisory is published, then we will act accordingly, and this may require the cancellation, curtailment or amendment of a holiday itinerary. These decisions are made on the basis of ensuring our clients’ safety and will affect all clients on holiday, regardless of their nationality.
If one of our local experts suggests an amendment due to a situation which develops locally then we may also take the decision to amend an itinerary appropriately.
If we have to cancel your holiday prior to departure you will be offered the option of an alternative trip (where any price difference will either be refunded to or covered by you) or a full refund of the monies paid.
If we have to curtail a holiday, then you will be refunded for any costs for the elements we have been unable to deliver, where we have been able to secure a refund from our suppliers. If we must reroute a holiday, then any basis for refund is determined on a case by case basis and dependent on whether the central holiday experience was provided or not.
The recommended minimum age for participation in our itinerary is 12 years old, however, for some activities and transfers, you may be joined by other guests and this may include some of a younger age than stated. Any younger participants will be fully supervised and the guides will ensure that their participation takes place only if the activities will be unaffected.
Very few hotels have a minimum age and there may be families staying at them with younger children, especially during the holiday periods. We do have some itineraries and destinations which are guaranteed to be adult-only, so if this is important to you please speak to one of our Travel Experts.
To drive a snowmobile, you must have a full driving licence and be over 18 years old.
I enjoyed so many of the activities it is hard to choose, but husky ride and cross country skiing immediately come to mind. The scenery and location were spectacular, and the staff and other guests added to what was an amazing experience. I just want to thank everybody involved from start to finish, for an unforgettable experience. I was extremely sad to leave, and will definitely be recommending to friends and family.
Everything was amazing, but the husky sledging was probably my favourite, although it was very, very cold.